Promoting Fair Regulations

As Good Farmers and Great Neighbors, we believe it’s important to advocate for robust and fair regulations to protect the health of our community and environment, while enabling our homegrown industry to thrive for our local economy and residents. In both State and County-level initiatives and hearings we are making our voice heard to make to ensure the adoption of best practices in our county and beyond.

County Initiatives and Actions

Cannabis Land Use Ordinance and Licensing Program Update – June 2nd

The Board of Supervisors will consider County Planning Commission-recommended ordinances to amend the County Land Use and Development Code (LUDC) and the Coastal Zoning Ordnance (Article II), to implement new development standards and permit requirements regarding certain commercial cannabis activities. VIEW AGENDA

Make your voice heard by June 1 at 5pm

Since 2018, our county cannabis farmers have added new jobs and tax revenues to our local economy. Their contribution is felt even greater today as we struggle with the severe economic difficulties resulting from COVID-19.

Email the Board of Supervisors
Join local neighbors and supporters in sending an email to the Board of Supervisors supporting the benefits our cannabis farmers are bringing to the county.
Reading in to the record at the meeting
Submit your comment via email limited to 250 words or less prior to the close of the agenda item. Please state in your email that you would like this “read into the record”.
Call into the meeting
To make a comment by phone, please call 805-568-2240 and state your name, your phone number, and which item you would like to speak on. The Clerk will call you at the appropriate time.

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The COVID-19 crisis has created anxiety and uncertainty in the future outlook of our business, the opportunity to partner with essential businesses such as cannabis and agriculture helps us retain our workers and be optimistic about the future. We are stronger together.

Industrial EatsBuellton

We are a small business restaurant serving the local community and the tourist industry – we are fortunate our local cannabis farmers and others have always been a steadfast customer and supporter.  We will get through these difficult times together.

Floriano’s Mexican FoodLompoc

The COVID-19 crisis has created anxiety and uncertainty in the future outlook of our business, the opportunity to partner with essential businesses such as cannabis and agriculture helps us retain our workers and be optimistic about the future. We are stronger together.

PattibakesBuellton

State policy initiatives

In September, Governor Newsom signed two Senate bills – SB 527 and SB 657 – which should benefit California’s cannabis growers in the long run, freeing up additional farmland for cannabis cultivation and enabling the state to compile annual reports on the California cannabis crop.

California Cannabis farmers, especially many of us who have transitioned from traditional crop farming and are moving toward a more diverse cultivation model that is more sustainable are very pleased and applaud the Governor for signing SB 657 and SB 527. Taken together will these new state laws will allow cannabis and hemp farming to be more aligned with the recently passed Federal Farm Act of 2018 and other local and state measures that help provide economic stability in cannabis cultivation.

John De Friel, CEO of Central Coast Agriculture

Currently AB-228, co-authored by State Assembly Member Aguiar-Curry and Senator Wilk, is in the State Senate after passing the Assembly.

We believe this legislation is a vital precursor to a vibrant hemp cultivation and processing market for interstate commerce. Part of this vital precursor is giving California licensed operators the ability to:

  • Use dual purpose existing infrastructure from cultivation to processing, and
  • Utilize independent research and testing labs just as traditional farmers and processors have done for years under the California Sherman Act and CDFA rules and guidelines.
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